The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Do you know if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s a great occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We still have a lot of cool days coming up and colder air retains a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your house.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because of the colder weather outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can cause you some health issues. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their function of sifting out germs. This enhances your chances of getting sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Muskogee winter, you could notice your skin seems dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can help you treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could fix the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood around your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You may even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Even though itchy skin and a never-ending cold are signs that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Openings in your trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems suggest that it’s likely time to review your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc.. You can contact us at 918-682-8238, or arrange an appointment with us online.

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